Tomato Leek Tart

Recipe by ellie_
READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 8-10


  • 3
    cups flour
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 1 12
    teaspoons salt
  • 1
    teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1
    cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 3
    tablespoons butter
  • 1
    tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 -6
    leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 2-inch lengths and sliced inot 1/4 " juliene (about 4 cups)
  • 13
    cup shallot, sliced
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    pinch saffron, crushed and dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2
    tablespoons anise liqueur
  • 12
    cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 10
    ounces Fontina cheese, grated
  • 10
    tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 4
    eggs, room temperature
  • 23
    cup whipping cream
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 3
    tablespoons butter, softened


  • To make the pastry: in a food processor combine 3 cups of flour, sugar and salt until on/off turns. Add fennel and process for 30 seconds. Blend in 1 cup of butter (broken into pieces) using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add eggs while machine is running and mix just until dough comes together. You may need to add a bit more flour if dough doesn't come together. Remove dough from processor and shape into disc and wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • To prepare filling: melt the 3 T of butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and shallots and cook until soft (10 minutes). Add garlic and saffron and stir 2 minutes more. Blend in liqueur and cook for 2 more minutes or until it evaporates. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature before proceeding.
  • To assemble tart: preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • On a floured board roll dough out to fit 11-inch tart pan circle (about 1/4 inch thick). Fit into pan with a removeable bottom, and trim edges. Chill 30 minutes.
  • Line pastry with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove foil and weights and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden.
  • Spoon in leek mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with tomato slices, overlapping circles.
  • Whisk together eggs, cream and salt and then pour over filling.
  • Set tart on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until filling is set. Brush with melted butter during last 5 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on rack.